Isaiah 53:10-12 (AMP)
Yet the Lord was willing
To crush Him, causing Him to suffer;
If He would give Himself as a guilt offering [an atonement for sin],
He shall see His [spiritual] offspring,
He shall prolong His days,
And the will (good pleasure) of the Lord shall succeed and prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He shall see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge [of what He has accomplished] the Righteous One,
My Servant, shall justify the many [making them righteous—upright before God, in right standing with Him],
For He shall bear [the responsibility for] their sins.
Was it really You, Holy Sprit, that put this Scripture in my mind? My soul resists it, because it says the Lord was willing to "crush" Him. And Jesus was willing to be "crushed", because He knew it would save us. My sensibilities recoil at the word 'crush', but Jesus did not. He accepted it. It was not easy; He sweat great drops of blood in anticipation of it, yet He continued onward with the Father’s plan. Like the olive, crushed for its precious oil, Jesus was crushed for the precious salvation of mankind.
God, You had a plan from all time, a plan to create mankind, creatures made in Your image and likeness that You could share a loving relationship with them. Your loving heart is so big; You are love; so much love needed to flow out.
So here I am, one of Your creatures. Because You are God, You knew me before Your plan was put in motion. Jesus You knew I was one of the ones needing salvation, and You chose to allow Yourself to be tortured and abused so I could be with You for all eternity. You wanted me with You. If it had only been me needing salvation, You would have gone through it for just me. I receive this gift very personally and gratefully thank You Jesus!
Being loved so beautifully is precious like a wondrous jewel shining with lights sparkling and dancing filling up my insides with joy and peace. I think of living in Your thoughts for so long, and now I am here. And You rejoiced as this child was being formed in my mother’s womb, for You knew every day of my life. You knew the struggles the battles I would fight to be in this moment and time. The other day I felt Your smile upon me, and Your approval encouraged me to keep going.
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I prize each conversation we have, each nuance of You that I feel. Why You, this awesome mighty God, Creator of the Universe, wants a personal relationship with me is astounding. It has nothing to do with who I am, and everything to do with who You are. This small insignificant creature that I am can make no claim on You or Your love. Yet You chose me and You call me by name and claim me as Your own! When I was diagnosed with cancer, You gave me this word:
Isaiah 43:1 (AMP)
. . . “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you [from captivity];
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
You have actually sent Your Holy Spirit to indwell me. You live inside me to connect me in a special way, guiding, mentoring, encouraging me, leading me along Your path for my life. I am never alone. No matter the hurt or storm that moves into my life, You are with me. I come to You in trust knowing You will bring all things together for good.
Romans 8:28 (AMP)
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.
You care about me and every aspect of my life. Your love for me is a protection that overcomes any attack of the enemy! Your love covers me as a warm blanket of comfort and security. I rest in You!